Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Felted Dolphin

I met up for a coffee with Mel from Sea Star Craft last week and she gave me some patterns for some felted toys.

I've been after a dolphin pattern for a little while now. In making the dolphin, I wet felted the top with greens and blues and used a plain grey felt for the underneith section.

The butterfly top was felted by me - the botton was felt I already had. I put a little bit of thick pipe cleaner in the middle section of the butterfly so a child can move it up and down.

The Sea-Horses where a finger puppet design. I just sewed them up and stuffed them.

Today in my oil burner, I'm burning a blend from Perfect Potion called AIR. It's a blend of fir, myrtle, lemon, spike lavender, maychang and lemon eucalyptus.

We have been fighting a cold here with all our sneezeing and coughing. I find this a beautiul blend to burn when I want to cleanse the air in my home.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Thank you for the world so sweet

Thank you for the food we eat

Thank you for the birds that sing

Thank you God for everything

Monday, April 21, 2008

G'day, I'm Warrick.

Yes.... another day, another funny named scarf I found on the wonderful world of Ravelry.

This scarf is called the "Two Weeknights With Warrick Worsted Wave Scarf" by Karin Bole. It's knitted in Noro, Silk Garden 264 No C. I've only just started it but hopefully I'll finish it sooner rather than later. I love the blend of the blues, green and pinks.

At the moment I'm burning a oil blend of Nutmeg , Bay Laurel and Sweet Orange in my oil burner. It's nice and spicey for a cold rainy day up here in the mountians.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Apple Picking at Bilpin

There's a little round house you've seen before
It has a small chimney this big and no more
It has neither window nor a door
But a star within

By Kim Billington

On Saturday we did a family Autumny thing!.....we went to Bilpin to pick some juicy apples.

It was rainy and a bit muddy but the kids loved it.

It was interesting to see apples of different shapes and sizes. Some of the apples had a bit of hail damage, so they where going cheap. We picked Pink Ladies & Granny Smiths.... the kids tended to get carried away in their excitement, picking just about anything they could get their hands on to try and fill their baskets!

We bought a few Kg's and I made some little apple pies...... (yum...)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Helloooo...... my name is Edgar!

AS to why my name is Edgar, I do not know - you have to ask!

I love the fact I bought some wool a few months ago just by falling in love with the colour way, having no idea what I was going to do with it (this is before Ravelry). I could only afford 2 balls at the time thinking it would sit in my stash with the others - then I got my invite to Ravelry and a whole new world opened up to me!


Monday, April 14, 2008

Little Pony

All I want is a little pony,

Jig jog jig jog jiggidy jig.

Not to fat and not too boney

Jig jog jig jog jiggidy jig.

For I want to go for a ride,

Far out in the countryside, with a...

Jig jog jig jog jig jog jiggidy,

Jig jog jig jog jiggidy jig.

This was my first attempt at knitting a toy animal. I got the pattern out of Toymaking with Children by Freya Jaffke.

It should have been a simple, straight forward pattern - easy enough for a beginner like me to follow but I buggered it up. The front legs are shorter than the back and the pony looks like it needs a good feed.
But, a 10 month old wouldn't have noticed. He knows I made it with love and good intentions. Besides, he bit it then threw it on the floor once he realised it wasn't food! My older two thought this was funny.

Katie drew another one of her lovely pictures to put up on the blog to show the world she is becoming quite a little artist (at 7)! She has a love for drawing which I hope she never loses.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Little Waldorf Dolls

I was checking out a few people's blogs. After link upon link and I found Soozs' tutorial on Waldorf dolls ( ). It looked easy enough for me to attempt - here is what I came up with.

I'm not happy with with the pink dolls hair. Maybe I'll sew a hat on her head.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Felt like time to finish a few things ....

I've been finishing up things that I started a few months ago.

I start things then I get distracted and leave them to finish up later, which can be a lot later than I anticipate.
Before I discovered needle felting there was wet felting. I only discovered this craft about a couple of years ago. Having bought a wet felted bag at the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival, I was fascinated by how it was put together. So I thought I'd give it ago one day and make some things. The book I bought, Beginner's Guide to Feltmaking by Shirley Ascher & Jane Bateman, gave me some great ideas .
So I gave it ago ....... It was fun but wet and messy. Like a child at christmas wanting to sneek a peek at the presents before they are meant to be unwrapped, I found myself pulling apart the calico covering to have a sneek peek of the felting process. On the first attempt, I didn't make the felt square thick enough. After the fun of trial and error, the second attempt was a much better result. From this batch of felt, I made some purses for Katie's school stall.